The Football Association has decided not to take any action on Burnley’s Ashley Barnes despite his horrible challenge on Nemanja Matic during both the sides’ 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Barnes’ high foot was dangerous as suggested by replays but referee Martin Atkinson failed to notice the challenge. However, Matic was sent off as he reacted violently shoving Barnes to the ground.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho deemed Barnes’ tackle as criminal as the Portuguese claimed Barnes should be punished in the same way Diego Costa was banned for three games for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can during the League Cup semi-final.
Mourinho had earlier said:
“This could be end of career. Because I can’t find another adjective stronger, I just say this is end of career. Matic is a lucky guy. When Diego Costa has a three-match ban, probably three matches to Matic… tell me how many matches this player [Barnes] deserves?”
However the FA have released in a statement from their official Twitter account that no action will be taken against Barnes.
“In the vast majority of challenges for the ball, no retrospective action is taken as the incident has been seen by the match officials. Whole game in agreement that, in vast majority of cases, match officials are best-placed to deal with incidents to avoid re-refereeing. In line with this rationale, FA confirm no further action in relation to Ashley Barnes as incident was seen by the officials.”
Chelsea though are right to be aggrieved as they received a body blow in their preparations for the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham as Nemanja Matic is expected to miss the game thanks to suspension. The Blues though are backed by owner Roman Abramovic and it is believed that will cite a majority of incidents in their attempt to rescind Matic’s three-game ban.
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